Across the Board #NoGameLeftBehind Board Game of the Month Nominations Geeklist!
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Hey board members! (Those of you who listen to the outstanding Across the Board podcast, you're all board members. If you're not a board member, you should listen!)

If you have an idea for a great #NoGameLeftBehind that should be the featured #BoardGameOfTheMonth sometime in the future, why not respond below and nominate one!

Then our fearless leaders will pick a few, and there'll be a poll in the guild to make it final.

Well, probably MOSTLY final, as Ryan and Dan, probably reserve the right to veto the guild's crazy ideas.

Are you new to the podcast and wondering what we mean by #NoGameLeftBehind? I'm glad you asked! There are only a few basic criteria for a game to be part of that list...
It must be ranked higher (worse) than 250 on BGG.
It must be at least 3 years old.
It must be medium-heavy or lighter.
It must have fairly high notoriety.
It must be relatively available.

The idea is that there are TONS of REALLY GREAT GAMES that never get talked about because they're just a little far down the rankings, and just a little old. Let's shine a light on those gems that most people will want to play, and give 'em some love!

So let's hear it! Nominate a game to the geeklist below, and let's get discovering those hidden gems!
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1. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:298]
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I actually can't nominate the game I *REALLY* want to quite yet, as it's still too new... But here's another one that I think most people would enjoy, but not enough people seek out and play.
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2. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:283]
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Tight semi-cooperative game with the possibility of the hidden traitor. Its a little fiddly but everything comes together after a few turns.
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3. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:450]
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Love this mix of auctioning, worker placement and a very tight economy. Its hard to find unfortunately and its not looking like it will be reprinted.
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4. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:359]
Andy Englund
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Nebraska
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5. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:467]
Jake
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Great game that doesnt get enough play.
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6. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:352]
Jake
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7. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1659]
Ben Coberly
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I've really enjoyed this game. It even has a "easy mode" to make it easier for young players. TMG is going to be importing/reprinting this later this year (or early next?) I believe, so it should be readily available!
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8. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
Jesse Metcalf
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An Uwe Rosenberg classic that features a great hand management mechanism. I first played it with an original German release. Great game... from 1997!
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9. Board Game: Carson City: Big Box [Average Rating:8.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.15 Unranked]
Ryan Freshman
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I put the big box down for the Cool factor but the base game is from 2009 and is the only one ranked on BGG.

Love this Game!

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10. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:483]
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By the same designer as Caylus and hidden in it's shadow. Spyrium doesn't get the credit it deserves. Great game and very scalable from 2-5 players! It plays very differently and solid at each player count.
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11. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:432]
Ryan Fried
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Might I argue that this is the best roll and move game ever made?
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12. Board Game: La Granja [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:113]
Dan Smith
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I don't care what it's ranked. Has to be considered, Ryan.

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13. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
Chris Bailey
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Aladdin's Dragons gets my vote!
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14. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Tony Lawhorne
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15. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:439]
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A solid Euro, engaging theme, and a movement mechanism that allows for interesting, game-changing choices.
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16. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:425]
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I really like this deck-builder that is a fast, light "3.5X" experience. (Not quite 4X, as you cannot eXterminate anyone... but with expansions you can mess with their empire.)
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17. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
Chris Broadbent
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2007 SdJ nominee, rotting at #351 on BGG's list presently.
This game uses time and knowledge as your primary resources for seeking and discovering ancient treasures buried under the sands. The first to dig may get lucky and nab a treasure, but those who invest their time wisely and do their research will be much more effective in their digs, returning with many treasures to donate to museums and put on display, greatly improving their reputation.
And, admit it, you always wondered what it felt like to be Indiana Jones (just without the snakes. or bad guys trying to kill you. or really anything from the movies except robbing tombs. yes, you always wanted to be a tomb raider (no, not Lara Croft.) stealing from dead people is just easier.)
 
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18. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:745]
Chris Broadbent
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Before the world had 7 wonders, the land was full of Fairy Tales. This game might be the genesis of card drafting in the modern era. The game is focused around that single mechanic, seeking to get the card combinations you need. Unlike 7 wonders, however, many of the cards will interact with the tableau built by you or your opponents, meaning you have to draft with their nefarious plots in mind.
The game is quick, over and done in less than a half hour, leaving plenty of time to have another go at it to get back at your friends for their treachery.
 
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19. Board Game: Shakespeare [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:431]
Dan Smith
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Official entry. So many mechanics I love in this title. Simultaneous blind bidding, worker placement, set collection and one of my favorite themes. This game for some reason is so black and white for most. Either a love it or hate it game. For me it's fantastic. Absolutely doesn't get the attention it deserves and worthy of a deeper look.

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20. Board Game: Francis Drake [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:331]
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My 9th ranked game doesn't get enough love, or plays. At 5 players, making a nice tight board, this one really sings. Great tension in the decisions while shopping to outfit your ship on the one-way street. Great tension in the decisions of where/when to place your number tokens at towns, forts, and galleons. There are all kinds of agonizing decisions in this one. The suspense in the Reveals: of the soldier tokens, the gun tokens, the galleon tokens, and most of all, the contested locations. And then the Reveals of the treasure chests during end-game scoring. My 15 plays are just not enough.
 
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21. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:622]
Vic R
Spain
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Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere - Archimedes did it in a bathtub
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A truly classic. Fast, fun and a lot more strategic than it looks
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22. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Vic R
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Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere - Archimedes did it in a bathtub
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A great dexterity game. Base game is good, but with expansions it becomes really great. Good to play with childrens and with others adults too, and the "built your own track" is also a enjoyable experience
 
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23. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
Vic R
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A great game in a very little box. A gateway game for abstracts. Another game good with childrens and adults alike, and being on points you can easily handicaped youself (win for more than 20 points for example)
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24. Board Game: Cable Car [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1836]
Jordan Hopper
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Nebraska
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This was one of those cheap Queen games that was well worth the $13 I spent I will play this game anytime anyone wants to
 
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25. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:422]
Jordan Hopper
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October selection gift wrapped to you. I love this game for the story element of it. It’s every club classic bad B horror movie in a box. Can’t go wrong with this game
 
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